What We Do

Green Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit company in the area of solid waste management which has put together an efficient process to make a society waste free.

When a society signs up to be waste free, a waste management expert is assigned to the society to help it during the journey

This expert guides the society through the various steps, including:

  • Showing the society members and its managing committee how simple the whole process is
  • Helping the society to identify a small project team and creating a plan to make the society waste free
  • Training and handholding the project team through the entire process
  • Helping the society to procure the equipment, its installation and assisting with its operation for a few weeks
  • Helping the society to get tax breaks, vertical gardens and other such goodies
  • Ensuring that the society is on the coveted list of waste free societies of Mumbai.

We can also offer the service as a cash free service to the society, wherein we help the society to get the service financed by a bank against the cashflow generated by the waste

The whole process to become a waste free society takes 6 months

Our Team

The Green Communities Foundation Team consists of accomplished professionals who have made it their mission to reduce the waste that pollutes the air, land and water in our cities.

Kedar Sohoni

Kedar is a technology entrepreneur who has built research and analytics companies. His latest venture was acquired by Nielsen. He has joined their global product leadership team. Kedar has been working to create a replicable method to easily convert a housing society into a Waste Free Society. After one year of experimentation, he has successfully figured this out and implemented it for his own society.

Shashikala Venkatraman

Shashikala Venkatraman has spent the last 30 years living and working in the Middle East, UK, USA and India. A marketing and communications specialist, Shashi returned to India in 2001 and was until 2008, the COO of  BBC-Times Group JV managing over 30 magazines, including Femina, Filmfare, Filmfare Awards, Top Gear, BBC Good Homes. She is also a social entrepreneur, having co-founded ‘My Liveable City’, an international magazine devoted to informing, inspiring and influencing the way cities are developed.

Devisha Poddar

Devisha is a Product Executive with Green Communities Foundation. Her career interests lie in waste management, ‘farm to fork’ concept and reusable menstrual hygiene products. In the past she has worked with Smart Joules, an award-winning startup that saves energy for commercial buildings, she has written reports and proposals for acquiring grants and entering into competitions. She has also interned at Centre for Policy Research, one of India’s premier think tanks, and has worked on the sustainable development chapter of the India Country Report as a part of the Bangladesh China India Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM EC).

Gopala Krishnan

GK is a technology and social entrepreneur. He has cofounded and managed venture funded companies in India and China. Since 2008, as a social entrepreneur, he has executed three significant social projects focused on solving problems that lead to child malnutrition. This includes the largest vaccination reminder service and a national maternal education project. Each of these projects has directly impacted the lives of millions of people.

Swati Deo

Swati, an electronics engineer by qualification has worked in IT system administration and IT project management for about 10 years. She has been associated with Swachh Parle Abhiyan since it’s inception in August 2015. She is involved in society awareness, composting solutions, interacting with MCGM for implementing different strategies for Waste Management on a ward scale. Also engaged in other social initiatives like tree plantation in Vile Parle.

Shreem Kohli

Shreem is a Community Supervisor at Green Communities Foundation. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Shreem took up The Gandhi Fellowship to understand the Education sector in India and the role of Environmental education in it. During the fellowship, she worked in seven government schools to increase the student learning outcome by collaborating with school headmasters, teachers, students, parents and communities. While working in schools, she piloted a project on waste management through experiential learning with more than 800 students which resulted in a reduction of 83% food waste in schools.

Start being a Waste Free Society today!